The Buyer's Guide to Geek Parodies of Goodnight Moon

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Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon has captivated and led children into slumber for more than half a century. It's a great book, but for the modern geek there are plenty of other options than the standard text to read to your children.

As the Houston Press' resident geomancer, ultrasound tech, and goth expert, the first thing I can heartily recommend is Michael Rex's ghoulish take on the classic, Goodnight Goon. It's honestly a little bit overdone, lacking the simple mantra-like quality that makes Goodnight Moon so effective as a bedtime selection, but the pulp art is fantastic. Perfect for the more macabre-minded among us.

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More in keeping with the spirit of the original is Julia Yu's Goodnight Dune, which we've had the pleasure of covering before. Currently it's only available online, but tablet bedtime stories can be just as fun as the hardcopy versions. Yu makes sure to incorporate much of David Lynch's contributions to the Frank Herbert sci fi novel, and it makes the book both unnerving and fun. Make sure you practice the pronunciations before you dive into it.

If you prefer Star Wars over Dune, and when it comes to kids that's probably a safer bet, Goodnight Forest Moon by Noah Dziobecki is an excellent choice. The image of Emperor Palpatine quietly watching over a sleeping storm trooper is almost too adorable for words. It's not Darth Vader and Son cute, but it's pretty damned close. The book is available as a free PDF download only, but you can find a fairly easy way to make your own hard copy thanks to the folks at Dzignspace.

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